Dear Parents /Carers,
We have had a fantastic autumn term in Year 3. The children should all be very proud of everything they have achieved. We are looking forward to continuing our exciting curriculum next half term. This letter outlines the topics that Year 3 will learn about in the first half of Spring term.
Spring term in Year 3 begins with children reading about that most feared of wild animals in children’s stories: the wolf. Using The Boy Who Cried Wolf, one of Aesop’s Fables, the children will look at story structure in more detail before retelling the tale. Following this, children will read The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book in 2003, as a stimulus for further narrative writing. Next, the children will read an abridged version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as a stimulus to write a presentation and a newspaper report. We will also watch a performance of the play by the Young Shakespeare Company. Finally, having learnt about the Ancient Egyptians in history, children will write instructions on how to make a mummy.
This half term, Year 3 will start the term by continuing to learn how to solve word problems involving length. They will then learn about mass, reading weighing scales in grams and kilograms, and about volume and capacity, measuring in litres and millilitres. The children will solve further addition, subtraction, multiplication and division word problems involving mass and volume. Towards the end of half term, Year 3 will learn about money. They will show amounts of money in different ways, and add and subtract amounts of money. They will learn to calculate change and solve problems involving money.
Science – Rocks: Introduction to Geology
We are really excited to learn about rocks, fossils and soils in science next half term. The children will find out what Earth Scientists do as well as what is inside the Earth. We are really excited to be having a Zoom call from a real-life geologist as part of this unit. Year 3 will observe different rocks to find out what the different types of rocks are and their properties. Year 3 will carry out comparative tests to discover which rock is the most impermeable and how hard are different rocks. The children will learn how rocks are formed and how rocks can change. Later on in the half term, the children will learn how fossils are made and what soils are made from. Throughout the half term, the children will be learning different scientific enquiry skills including asking questions, choosing suitable secondary sources to find out information, and identifying, grouping and classifying. They will observe closely, model and collect information, as well as record this information and communicate scientifically.
History – Who were the Ancient Egyptians?
This term, Year 3 will be learning about the Ancient Egyptians in History. They will find out what a civilization is, before looking in detail at the pyramids and other buildings from Ancient Egypt and what these buildings tell us about the Ancient Egyptian civilization. Later on in the term, the children will learn about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, as well as what we can learn from hieroglyphics and writing systems from Ancient Egypt. Finally, the children will bring all of their learning together to explain what the achievements of the Ancient Egyptian civilization.
PSCHE – Keeping Ourselves Healthy and Safe
This term, Year 3 will learn lots of different ways to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, as well as different ways to stay safe.
RE – How the World Began
This term, Year 3 will be learning different beliefs about one of the biggest questions in the world: how did the world begin? The children will hear creation stories from Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism, as well as looking at how scientists believe the universe was created.
Year 3 will be continuing learning to play the recorder focusing on learning how to play 5 notes BAGCD. Children will also be learning basic music literacy linked to reading the 5 notes on the stave and playing songs in different genres. Year 3 will also be learning how to compose 4 bars of music on the recorder using BAG and be able to notate their ideas on the stave.
Year 3 will be making articulated circus figures inspired by Marc Chagall. They will design colourful patterned paper using mixed media for the costumes and then animate the figures when they are complete.
All children should come to school wearing their PE kit on their PE days. Clothes for PE should be in the school colours of light blue, navy blue or white, including suitable footwear. Please ensure that your child has suitable clothing such as tracksuit bottoms, sports trainers and jumpers when the weather gets colder. We would ask that all PE kit, as with all school uniform, is clearly labelled with name and class to ensure safe return. It is particularly important that jewellery is not worn on PE days.
This term, Year 3 will learn about school. They will learn to say how they travel to school and to name the contents of their pencil cases in French. The children will find out how to tell the time in French as well as name different school subjects.
Year 3’s online safety topic this half term is: Why is it important that we have device-free moments in our lives? In ICT, the children will be focusing on researching and presenting using technology. The children will use Book Creator and Keynote to create a presentation about the Romans: What your teacher didn’t tell you.
English (spag.com) and maths (mathletics.com) homework will both continue to be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by Monday. Mathletics will be set every week, and English will be set every other week.
Children will also be given a list of spellings in their Reading Records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home using a range of strategies (as shown in the Reading Records). They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class.
The children will be given a reading book and homework based on this book each week. They will need to complete this by their next reading day. We recommend that all children spend 30 minutes each day reading independently at home to improve fluency, vocabulary and confidence.
Children will need to bring their record to school with them every day. Please sign the record each week, as this is an essential form of parent/teacher communication and to show that your child has practised their spellings and that you have seen the reading homework.
Healthy Eating at Playtime
Children in KS2 can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. They are allowed to bring a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable, or a small savoury sandwich. We would encourage the children to bring a small, labelled bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day.
Communication between home and school
It is important for your child’s safety that the school has two accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please can you check that home and any mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and up to date.
We aim to work in partnership with families to make your child’s time at school successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, on the playground or through the office, and we will be glad to discuss your concerns with you.
We hope you have a lovely Christmas break, and we look forward to seeing you in the Spring term,
Sandy Deligiorgi (3D) Ellen Cheetham (3C) Annia Naik (3N)
Sami Burst (3SB) Charlotte Bird (3CB)
Megan Shaw (Assistant Head-teacher for Lower Key Stage 2 and Year 3 Leader)